Modern Turkish literature

Course content

The course offers an introduction to modern Turkish literature from the Tanzimat (reform) period until today. Students will be introduced to the main intellectual currents and the most important authors. The development of modern Turkish literature has been closely connected to the social and linguistic developments taking place in the Ottoman Empire and later in the Turkish Republic, partly because authors often have been public intellectuals, partly because they have been deeply affected by and commented on the social, political and cultural changes taking place in society. 

For this reason the course will focus on the connections between literary currents and social change, using selected texts as examples partly in original language and partly in translation.


Curriculum for bachelor studies in Middle Easter Languages and Society specialising in Arabic, Persian and Turkish, 2015

Curriculum for elective bachelor studies in Turkish, 2013




Learning outcome

BA 2015-ordning:
Moderne tyrkisk litteratur (fagelementkode HTRB00611E)

Tilvalg 2013-ordning:
Udvalgt emne om Tyrkiet og/eller den tyrkisksprogede verden (fagelementkode HTRB10061E)

The following book will be used as basic reader (textbook) for the course:

Seyhan, Azade (2008): Tales of Crossed Destinies: The Modern Turkish Novel in a Comparative Context.

Students can buy the book from

A detailed course program will be posted one the course’s website (grupperum)

Students must have passed Tyrkisk-Dansk oversættelse.
Or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills in Turkish.

Type of assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 384,12
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • English
  • 412,12